Cetywayo and his White Neighbours;
or, Remarks on Recent Events in Zululand, Natal, and the Transvaal.
First edition, one of just 750 copies. On his return to Britain following the outbreak of the First Anglo-Boer War, Haggard had been unable to find a publisher willing to take on his “denunciation of Britain’s South African policies.” (ODNB) Eventually he paid Trübner £50 to put out this small run, but in confirmation of the publishing world’s reticence, in two years it had sold just 154 copies. However, following the runaway success of King Solomon’s Mines, the edition sold through and a second was published in 1888, reaching a fourth by 1891. This copy much enhanced by a loosely inserted example of the infamous anti-Cetewayo photographic carte-de-visite. The deposed Zulu king was exiled to Britain arriving in July 1882; “He was immensely popular, attracting great crowds outside his house who hoped for a glimpse of him and stopping all traffic when he was taken shopping. He had learned to wear European clothing well, and his bearing was regal. He was taken to Osborne for a hugely successful luncheon with Queen Victoria…” (Morris – The Washing of the Spears) Agitation for his return to his homeland amongst a group of “carefully cultivated supporters” (ODNB) was eventually to succeed, but opponents of the move worked to represent him as unreliable, irresponsible, and above all a sot. This salt-print portrait, mounted on plain card shows him “in Natal before his departure for England,” wearing a rather ill-fitting jacket and an extraordinary sort of pork-pie hat, but the arms of his chair have been doctored to form the legs of a table on which rest a not entirely convincing bottle and glass. A little faded and foxed, but unusual and uncommon.
Octavo. Original green cloth, title gilt to spine, gilt roundel to the upper board, triple black rule at head and tail of upper board and across spine, continuing across the lower board in blind. A little rubbed, slight wear at the corners, head and tail of the spine crumpled, front hinge very slightly cracked, some foxing to the prelims, as usual , and some to the margins, but on the whole a very good copy.
Bibliography: Mendelssohn I, p.663; Sadleir 1082; Scott 1; Wolff 2897.Don't understand our descriptions? Try reading our Glossary